Social Security is an important consideration for many golden agers. Thankfully, there are several Social Security Administration (SSA) offices within a short distance of Arlington. When you need help with a missing or damaged Social Security card, want to apply for benefits, or have another problem, there are a broad range of services available online, numerous offices in the region you can visit, and toll-free numbers you can dial.
There are no Social Security offices within Arlington’s city limits. The closest facility is in neighboring Grand Prairie on 2010 North State Highway 360. From the center of Arlington, it is about a fifteen-minute drive. You take East Division east for three miles to TX-360 North. Take the exit toward Avenue K, and merge onto North Highway 360. This will take you to the office.
By dialing the toll-free number (800) 772-1213, you can reach all Social Security offices. Also, TDD services are provided at 800-325-0778. You can reach both of these lines from 7 am to 7 pm Central time Monday through Friday. In addition to the Grand Prairie location, there are also offices in Fort Worth, Cleburne, and a regional hub in Dallas. To find the location closest to you, visit the SSA’s online office locator.
If you lost your Social Security card and need a replacement or if you have changed your name and want to update your card, your nearest Social Security office can help you. Plus, the staff workers at the office can assist you in getting a replacement Medicare card if yours is damaged or lost.
Seniors who take part in the SSA’s free “Ticket to Work” program can develop their workplace skills and find jobs while still getting benefits. The program is open to adults who are 64 or younger and receive Social Security disability benefits. Area Work Incentive Coordinators run the program in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Contact the North Dallas office toll-free at (866) 592-3688, extension 20626 for more info.
Local groups can get presentations about Social Security in Vietnamese and English from the Dallas Region’s public affairs staffers. Contact the Office of the Regional Commissioner to request a speaker for your neighborhood group, senior living facility, or club.
Even if you live right next to a Social Security office, in-person visits can take a lot of time. Fortunately, you can go online for a lot of your Social Security-related tasks. This will save you time and hassle. Online, you can:
Find out your benefit eligibility
Appeal decisions on disability claims and follow up on appeals
Get an estimate of future Social Security benefits
Look at your Social Security statements
Have a Social Security card replaced
Fill out a benefits application
You can also block Internet and telephone access to your Social Security information, an important financial privacy feature for victims of identity theft or domestic abuse. Also, once you have a secure My Social Security account, you can also view your lifetime earnings record, see your current estimated retirement benefits, and download and save your statement data.
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